SINGAPORE, Feb. 2, 2015 — India air took 6 hours off Mr. Obama’s life during his 3 days visit to New Delhi last week according to The Hill (27, Jan. 2015). Similar to many other big cities in Asia, New Delhi has high concentrations of particulate matter smaller than 2.5 micrometers, or PM2.5, which is known to cause lung cancer, heart attacks and various respiratory diseases.
Air pollution can be a real concern if you are traveling with children to cities with poor air quality, because children’s lungs are not fully developed and are more susceptive to the harmful effect of PM2.5, according to WHO.
Singapore based company Totobobo Pte. Ltd. introduced a new pollution mask specially designed for children and women. The new “##petit” mask comes with an innovative approach to ensure a good seal between the mask and the user’s face.
Quality of the face seal is essential for protection against airborne pollutants. However, this factor is often overlooked due to lack of accurate method to check the seal. A study of 1500 fit-tests of 500 N95 masks on 50 participants by Tongji Medical College (China), discovered that over 90% failed the fit-test due to poor face seal. This suggests over 90% of the time, consumer may not be getting the expected protection from N95 masks due to poor seal.
The Petit mask came with a simple “Check & Seal” system to address the face seal issue:
1) A patented method to check the face seal, called “Watermark Seal Check”.
2) A “##reshape” feature which allows the user to close any gaps by heat-moulding the mask.
3) In case “ReShape” alone is not sufficient to close the gaps, user may trim the mask to fit smaller children.
Compares with the original Totobobo mask, the Petit is softer and more comfortable. Beta tester, Miss Hu Xiao Fei from Beijing China, commented in China’s micro blog Weibo:
“When I put on the new Petit mask, I was amazed! It fits so well all around my face, there is nothing I can say. I just love it!”
Hopefully this small mask will provide some relief for families traveling to, or living in polluted area.